Ukimodo Shrine at Katada (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 堅田浮御堂 木版画 大正7年 (Primary Title)
Snowfall over Ukimodo Shrine at Katada (Donor's Title)
Known as the “floating temple,” Ukimodo is a humble Buddhist hall standing on wooden supports over Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. It was first constructed as part of Mangetsuji, a Zen Buddhist temple, during the Heian period (794–1185). Here, Shinsui depicts an evening scene of Ukimodo, connected by a bridge from the shore, with a snow-capped pine tree on the bank and reeds in the frozen water. The falling snowflakes convey a sense of tranquility and mystery. This site is known for the often-depicted scene of “descending geese at Katada,” a poetic theme that was adopted by many artists in paintings and prints.
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